Fra Francesc Moner’s Bilingual Poetics of Love and Reason

The «Wisdom Text» by a Catalan Writer of the Early Renaissance

by Peter Cocozella (Author)
©2010 Monographs XVI, 230 Pages


Fra Francesc Moner (1462/3-1491/2) is a Catalan author, who flourished in Barcelona during the second decade subsequent to the marriage of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile in 1469. Moner’s extant production amounts to seventy-four pieces, a collection of poems and prose works of various genres, written in Catalan and in Castilian. A comprehensive study that profiles the creativity of a whole career is a rare occurrence for a Hispanic author like Moner, whose lifetime straddles the boundaries between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. This book highlights the two main aspects of Fra Francesc’s contribution: first, the resourceful bilingualism stemming from Moner’s mastery of not only his native Catalan but also Castilian, the language that in the late 1400s kept gaining the ascendancy and prestige of officialdom throughout the Spanish realm; second, the fashioning of an iconic text of subjectivity in the wake of the landmark innovations brought about by Ausiàs March, the Valencian luminary of the first half of the fifteenth century. Moner develops a love-centered poetics that integrates the distinctive strains of multiple traditions. By probing into Moner’s poetics of love and reason, the reader catches a glimpse of an author engaged in intense soul-searching. Moner, in turn, shares with his readers some extraordinary insights into the compelling moments of the human condition – precisely the condition of the human being torn between the allure of the flesh and the aspiration toward the Divine.


XVI, 230
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2011 (June)
Bilingualism cancioneros devotio moderna Fortune and Fate free will human and divine love medieval allegory misogyny post-troubadour lyricism psychomachia Sch Franciscan asceticism medieval literature in Catalan and in Castilian determinism
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XVI, 230 pp.

Biographical notes

Peter Cocozella (Author)

The Author: Peter Cocozzella received his B.A. from Regis College and his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. He specializes in Castilian and Catalan literatures of the late Middle Ages. Most of his career has been devoted to teaching Spanish language and literature in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Cocozzella’s numerous publications include critical editions, book reviews, translations, and a variety of essays.


Title: Fra Francesc Moner’s Bilingual Poetics of Love and Reason